Opening of the Dominick Lombardi retrospective at the Dowd Gallery


Cyborgs. Post apocalyptic tattoos. The street kids.

Over his 45-year career, D. Dominick Lombardi, visual artist, writer and curator, has been nothing short of eclectic.

A traveling solo exhibition of over 80 works of art by Lombardi – representing the essence of 20 distinct chapters in the artist’s impressive career – will be on view beginning Monday, March 7 at SUNY Cortland’s Dowd Gallery.

The exhibit in the Dowd Fine Arts Building, titled “High + Low: A Forty-five Year Retrospective,” will feature sculptures, drawings, paintings, collages and assemblages. The works will be visible until Friday, April 15.

All Dowd Gallery exhibitions and events, including the Artist Talk with Lombardi on Tuesday March 8 and the Opening Reception on Wednesday March 9, are free and open to the public. Visit the Dowd Gallery website and social media for links to virtual event invitations, artist and contributor profiles, security protocols, online reservations, and detailed information on other programs.

The exhibition is made up of series such as:

  • “The Cyborgs”, a series based on science fiction featuring half-human/half-machine beings
  • “East Village Days”
  • His first forays into sculpture and kinetic art
  • Valuing a multitude of found materials
  • Series “The post-apocalyptic tattoo”
  • “Street urchin” series

“Lombardi’s masterful blend of high and low culture is as current as the day it was created, showing how little the aesthetics of human behavior have changed,” said collection curator T. Michael Martin. Martin, assistant professor, curator and director at the Clara M. Eagle Gallery at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, noted that the extensive collection, which offers a comparative view of opposing ideas and visual styles in the field of fine art. arts, premiered at Clara M. Eagle Gallery in 2019.

“Need is Chance Rising”, a 2015 piece from the artist’s “Cross Contamination + Stickers” series, is made of acrylic on wood, papier-mâché and found objects. Shown above left is “Whistling Bird,” a 1998 piece in acrylic on wood, papier-mâché, and plastic, from Lombardi’s “Cross Contamination and Stickers” series.

“In some ways, Lombardi’s distortions are a more truthful look at society than our day-to-day facade of polite politics and political correctness, especially in the way we stir up divisiveness,” Martin wrote. “Lombardi delivers much-needed change and disruption through his unique sense of humor.”

The collection reflects Lombardi’s interest in a wide variety of materials, mediums and concepts combined with experimentation.

The evolution of Lombardi’s practice began with the introduction of modern art, particularly when he first saw a reproduction of Picasso’s Guernica (1939) when he was 3 or 4 years old, and continued with his introduction to the subversive world of Zap Comix in 1968.

Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to not only see a myriad of unique and thoughtful pieces, but also experience a physical representation of the timeline of Lombardi’s artistic life.

In an effort to place the featured works in a broader context, the gallery is planning a series of interdisciplinary, virtual and in-person programs. Events include:

Artist interview: D. Dominick Lombardi will talk about the “High + Low” exhibition at 5:00 p.m. tuesday march 8, at the Dowd Gallery. He will discuss the evolution of his artistic practice, how each phase came about, if anything inspired the work, and how he came to change media, genre, emphasis and message.

Opening reception: The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday March 9in the Dowd Gallery.

Talk about the gallery: Errika Gerakiti, writer, critic and contributor to art-centric online publications, including Daily Art Magazinewill hold a virtual discussion on “The Crystallization of Lowbrow Art in the Works of Dominick Lombardi,” at noon on Friday March 25. His historical overview of the Lowbrow Art movement will situate the art scene in a timeline describing the evolution of pop surrealism and connect its characteristics directly to the artist’s work.

Talk about the gallery: Michael Shnayerson, author, journalist and editor for vanity lounge magazine, will give a virtual presentation titled “Toward the Contemporary Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers and the Rise of Contemporary Art” at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 31st. Shnayerson will provide insight into the rise and strength of the art market propelled by “behind the scenes” personalities, driven dealers and elite auction houses, setting the course for the astonishing value of the work of top notch artists with recognizable names. like Jeff Koons or Damian Hirst.

First Friday Event: An in-person and virtual tour of the exhibition has been organized by Cortland Arts Connect. The visit will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday April. 1. The event will be both live and virtual on Facebook and on the Dowd Gallery website.

Documentary screening: The 1994 film “Crumb,” the acclaimed documentary about pioneering underground comic book creator Robert Crumb, directed by Terry Zwigoff, will screen at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5in the Dowd Gallery.

Talk about the gallery: Abram Fox, Curator of the Lieberman Collection and Special Subjects Instructor at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, will give a virtual seminar on “Modern Mythologies: A History of Comic Books and Popular Imagination” at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Fox will chart the trajectory of comics both as a visual combination of words and images and as a place to create exciting, engaging and captivating stories.

“The King” is a 1999 piece from Lombardi’s “Post-Apocalyptic Tattoos” series. It is made of acrylic on plexiglass (painted upside down).

Film screening: The 2003 film, “American Spender”, will be screened at noon on friday april 8, in the Dowd Gallery. Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the screening was co-organized with the Art and Art History Department and Love Your Major.

Documentary screening: A compilation of short films entitled “Between High and Low” will be broadcast at 5 p.m. on Wednesday April 13in the Dowd Gallery.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and by appointment. The gallery is closed on weekends.

The exhibit is sponsored by the university’s Department of Art and Art History, the Art Exhibit Association, and the Campus Artist and Lecture Series.

For more information, to inquire about an appointment, viewing, or additional images, contact Jaroslava Prihodova, Gallery Director, at 607-753-4216. Visit @dowdgallery on Instagram or Facebook for detailed information on other programs, links to invitations to virtual events and artist profiles.

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